The Intimations of a Post-Capitalist Society in Marx’s Critique of Political Economy

  • Peter Hudis
Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)


This chapter seeks to show that Marx’s critique of capital, exchange value, and abstract universal labour time is grounded in an emancipatory vision of a post-capitalist society that has been overlooked by many of his critics and followers. While Marx never indulged in writing “blueprints of the future”—least of all on Capital, which is clearly aimed at delineating the logic of capital in capitalist society—the depth of his critique of its mystifying forms provides vital intimations concerning the nature of life after capitalism. Marx’s concept of the transcendence of value production goes much further than specifying the need to abolish private property and “anarchic” exchange relations. Revisiting Marx’s critique of political economy from the vantage point of what it suggests about a future communist society can assist the effort of working out a central theoretical challenge facing us today—developing a viable concept of the alternative to capitalism.


Value production Post-capitalism Dialectics Humanism Labour 


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  • Peter Hudis
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  1. 1.Oakton Community CollegeDes PlainesUSA

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